Oedipus el ReY - Victory Gardens Theater by pengxuebo


									                      Chay Yew                                         Jan Kallish
                     Artistic Director                               Executive Director

                                   Presents the Chicago Premiere of

                Oedipus el ReY
                                           By Luis Alfaro

                                   Directed By Chay Yew
    Adam Poss*, Madrid St. Angelo*, Eddie Torres*, Charin Alvarez*,
            Arturo Soria*, Jesse David Perez, Steve Casillas

      Set Design........................................................ Kevin Depinet, USA
      Lighting Design .......................................................Jesse Klug, USA
      Sound Design .....................................................Mikhail Fiksel USA
      Costume Design .........................................................David Hyman
      Fight Choreography and Movement .............................Ryan Bourque
      Stage Manager .................................................. Tina M. Jach, AEA

                                   June 29–July 29, 2012

     * Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers

       Oedipus El Rey was first produced in a rolling world premiere by Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA,
     The Theatre at Boston Court, Pasadena, CA and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
                      as part of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life program.

     Victory Gardens Theater is a professional theater producing in accordance with Actors’ Equity Association
Chicago Area Theaters Contract. Victory Gardens is a founding member of the League of Chicago Theatres and a
  constituent of Theater Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization of the American theater,
a founding member of the Producers Association of the Chicago Theater (PACT). Those Designers and Scenic Artists
                identified by U.S.A. are members of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829, AFL-CIO.

                  Recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre
                             Oedipus el Rey
                                            Setting: A L.A. Barrio
                                            Time: Now

                           Oedipus El Rey is performed without an intermission

     To share your response to the work drop a line to VG Director of New Play Development
                     Geoffrey Jackson Scott at playback@victorygardens.org.

             The video and/or audio recording of this performance is strictly prohibited.

              Our ushers are provided by the Saints, Volunteers for the Performing Arts.
                    For information visit saintschicago.org or call 773.529.5510

    Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the house manager. Cameras and recording
equipment are strictly forbidden in the theater. Patrons with electronic pagers or cell phones are
  requested to either turn off the device or check it with the house manager prior to show time.

                                         is supported by grants from

                           Leo S. Guthman Fund

Victory Gardens Theater is the home of The Access Project, originally developed by Remains Theater with funding
from Lila Wallace Readers Digest Resident Theater Initiative. The Access Project is a model program designed to
involve the disability community in all aspect of theater, both as audience members and as artists. The Access Project
received the 2008 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence and Innovation in Arts Access. The AudioLink Personal
Listening System for mainstage theater patrons was made possible by a generous grant from the Samuel A. Burstein
Family Foundation. The system provides amplification on lightweight wireless headsets and adjusts for specific hear-
ing needs. Please contact the House Manager to receive a headset. A form of identification is required as a deposit.

    Access Dates for
     Oedipus El Rey
                                                                                               july 20 - 7:30PM
                                    july 27- 7:30PM               july 18 - 2PM              Touch Tour - 6:00PM
                                                                 july 27 - 7:30PM
                                                                  july 28 - 4PM                july 22 - 3:00PM
                                                                                             Touch Tour - 1:30PM
             ViCTORY GARdeNs THeATeR is suppORTed iN pART BY

                                   Crown Family
                                                                  Leo S. Guthman Fund

                                      James S. Kemper

The Edgerton Foundation, Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides
Foundation, Wrightwood Neighbors Conservation Association, McVay Foundation, The Seabury Foundation,
Charles H. and Bertha L. Boothroyd Foundation, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, Illinois Tool Works,
Motorola Mobility Foundation

Victory Gardens Theater is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency,
and by a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

                                                   Preferred Caterer

                                                Official Wine Sponsor
Oedipus el Rey:
A Call to Action
After a particularly violent weekend of 49 shootings and ten fatalities this past March,
Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared, “Our streets do not belong to gangbangers.” Since
then, however, the number of shootings and fatalities in Chicago has continued to rise.
In the final play of our 2011-2012 season, Victory Gardens offers an unflinching prism
into gangs and gang violence through playwright/poet/performer/essayist/political
activist/MacArthur “Genius” Luis Alfaro’s breathtaking adaptation of the classic
Greek epic, Oedipus el Rey. Luis locates his Oedipus in a barrio in South Central Los
Angeles. There, we follow a young Chicano ex-con on a searing journey to take his
place as el rey, the king. There he finds himself inevitably caught in the vicious web
of fate and violence.
What began for Luis as an exploration of America’s prison system and high recidivism
rate evolved into a piercing examination of gang culture. With an estimated nationwide
membership of one million, he pondered why young people join gangs. Do race, class,
poverty, urban renewal and segregation in our society relate to the rise and birth of
gangs? What part does each of us play in the existence and proliferation of gangs?
How does gang culture become normalized, a lifestyle that gets handed down from
generation to generation? If indeed a cycle, how can we intervene to break it and
provide alternative paths to violence and prison that go alongside with gang life?

At the time of my writing, according to the Huffington Post, there have been more
Chicagoans killed so far this year than the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan
over the same period. With approximately 80% of the fatalities in our city reportedly
gang related, I can’t think of a more timely play for us Chicagoans.
As part of Victory Gardens’ commitment to fostering civic dialogue through theatre
work, Oedipus el Rey is a call to action. I invite you to join the conversation after
every performance as we wrestle with some of the questions Luis poses through this
powerful work. What role will you undertake in solving the problem of gang violence
in our great city?
I would like to thank some of Chicago’s finest theatre artists for gracing our theatre—
my incredible company of actors, Charin Alvarez, Steve Casilias, Jesse David Perez,
Adam Poss, Madrid St. Angelo, Arturo Soria and Eddie Torres; the wonderful designers
and stage management; and the entire Victory Gardens staff for sharing their talents
and for breathing life into Luis’ exquisite play.
Finally, throughout his residency at Victory Gardens, Luis revisited and rewrote his
play, specifically for our Chicago production. In line with our mission of cultivating new
American plays, Victory Gardens is pleased to provide opportunities and resources
to playwrights who wish to rework their new plays, even after their world
premiere productions.
I hope you will be continue to be an integral part of Victory Gardens, Chicago’s home
for new American plays, by joining our upcoming 2013-14 season as we bring you the
most exciting voices in American theatre today.
Enjoy Oedipus el Rey.
Chay Yew
            WhO’s WhO in the Cast

     Adam Poss                madrid                 eddie torres           Charin Alverez
                             St. Angelo

        Arturo Soria                  Jesse david Perez                  Steve Casillas

AdAm PoSS (Oedipus) A native of Chicago,          current Artistic Director of Chicago’s Urban-
his credits include Animals Out of Paper          Theater Company, his artistic vision has brought
(Steppenwolf Garage), The Beats (16th             to the Chicago stage critically acclaimed
Street Theater) Scorched (Silk Road Rising,       productions of Miguel Pinero’s The Sun Always
Jeff Nominee Best Play), three seasons of A       Shines for the Cool, Reinaldo Povod’s Cuba
Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre), dark           and His Teddy Bear, Jose Rivera’s Sonnets
play or Stories for Boys (Goodman Theatre         for an Old Century, Nilo Cruz’s Beauty of the
Latino Theatre Festival), and Antebellum          Father, and Suzan-Lori Park’s Fucking A. Film
(Athenaeum Theatre) written and directed by       credits include Welcome Back to the Barrio,
Robert O’Hara. Regional credits include The       Cup of My Blood, The Lower Circle, and the
History Boys (The Studio Theatre, D.C.) and       upcoming Blood Kin. Television Credits include
the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The North    ER and Boss. St. Angelo is a proud member
Pool (TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley). Television   of GIAA (Guild of Italian American Actors),
work includes The Chicago Code. Film work         SAG (Screen Actors Guild), and AEA (Actors’
includes the upcoming feature film The Drunk.     Equity Association).
Adam is also an ensemble member of Erasing
The Distance, an organization dedicated to        eddie torreS (Tiresius) is co-founder
education about mental illness through theatre.   and the current Artistic Director for Teatro
Adam holds a BFA from The Theatre School          Vista...Theatre with a View, and directed The
at DePaul University and is a proud member of     Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Victory
Actor’s Equity.                                   Gardens Theater/Teatro Vista (Jeff Award for
                                                  Best Direction and Best Production) and off-
mAdrid St. AnGeLo (Laius) is Joseph               Broadway at Second Stage Theatre (Louise
Jefferson Award nominated and award winning       Lortel Award nomination, Outstanding Play),
professional actor and theatrical director. A     and at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles. As
native New Yorker and graduate of New York’s,     an actor, Torres has appeared at the Goodman
Neighborhood Playhouse; New School of             in The Cook, Teatro Vista’s production of
Acting, he trained under William Alderson and     Massacre (Sing to Your Children), as well as
Sandy Meisner. As a founding member and           the Teatro Vista/Collaboraction production
            WhO’s WhO in the Cast
of El Grito del Bronx produced in association     JeSSie dAvid Perez (Coro)was born and
with the Goodman. Other local acting credits      raised on the North side of Chicago. Movies
include 26 Miles with Teatro Vista/Rivendell      and acting have been an inspiration to him since
Theatre Ensemble, Elliot, a Soldier’;s Fugue      an early age.”Having a back up plan leads to
with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble as part of        failure” is a statement that has inspired Jessie
the Visiting Company Initiative at Steppenwolf    to never give up on his dreams and chase after
Theatre Company, and performances at Victory      that one goal. Dedicating effort and time to his
Gardens Theater, Latino Chicago Theatre           passion throughout his life lead him to pursue
Company, Court Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre,       acting full time. Jessie has appeared in Momma’s
and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He was the       Boyz written by Canidido Tirado (Teatro Vista),
recipient of a 2010 3Arts Artist Award.           and also appeared in the hit show Boss.
ChArin ALvArez (Jocasta) Her theatre              Steve CASiLLAS (Coro, Creon u/s) is a
credits include: El Nogalar (Goodman Theatre/     recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago
Teatro Vista); Our Lady of the Underpass,         with a BA in a theatre. He is a proud Teatro
Dreamlandia, Another Part of the House, and       Vista Junior Ensemble Member. Though Steve
Two Sisters and a Piano (Teatro Vista); What      has previously performed at Victory Gardens in
We Once Felt (About Face Theatre); Kita &         the One Minute Play Festival and the Ignition
Fernanda (16th Street theatre); Esperanza         Festival, he is excited to make his full-length play
Rising (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Doll-        debut. Some previous credits include: Momma’s
house and Electricidad (Goodman Theatre);         Boyz (Chicago Dramatists) and the spring touring
Anna in the Tropics and A Park in the House       production Letters Home (Griffin Theatre).
(Victory Gardens Theatre); The Infidel &Ordi-     Columbia Credits: Phaedra’s Love, Play,
nary Yearning & World Set Free (Steppenwolf       Suburbia, Waiting for Godot, and Los Vendidos.
Theatre); Generic Latina (Teatro Luna); La
Casa de Bernarda Alba (Aguijon Theatre).          ChAy yew (Director / Artistic Director)
Film/TV credits include: Boss, Shameless,         joined Victory Gardens in July 2011. His Chi-
Chicago Code, Rooftop Wars, Arc of a Bird,        cago credits include Dartmoor Prison at the
Were the World Mine, Chicago Overcoat, First      Goodman and Po Boy Tango at Northlight The-
and Only Lesson, and Eric’s Haircut.              atre. In New York, he directed Durango, Low,
                                                  and Ameriville at The Public Theater; A Cool
Arturo SoriA (Creon) received his BFA             Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick at Playwrights
in Acting from The Theatre School of DePaul       Horizons; Architecture of Loss at New York The-
University in 2009. He recently originated the    atre Workshop; The House of Bernarda Alba at
role of Tano in the World Premiere of Hit the     the National Asian American Theatre Company;
Wall with The Inconvenience at Steppenwolf        and Last of the Suns at Ma-Yi Theatre Company.
Garage. Recent credits: Santiago in A Few Good    Regionally, he has directed Strike-Slip, Low, and
Men with Peninsula Players, The Fever Chart       Ameriville at the Humana Festival of New Amer-
with Eclipse Theatre Company, Sonnets for an      ican Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Black
Old Century with Urban Theater Company,           ‘N Blue Boys/Broken Men at Berkeley Reper-
FUCKING MEN with Bailiwick Chicago,The            tory Theatre; Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben
Chicago Landmark Project with Theatre Seven       Uchida at The Kennedy Center; Sex Parasite and
and Scorched with Silk Road Rising. He has        Rice Boy at the Mark Taper Forum; Brainpeople
worked with the Goodman Theatre, Chicago          at American Conservatory Theater; Boleros for
Dramatists, Chicago Playworks and other repu-     the Disenchanted at the Huntington Theatre
table theatre companies in Chicago. His solo      Company; Our Town at the Oregon Shakespeare
show You Don’t Know My Life, Ni Mi Madre has      Festival; Antebellum at Woolly Mammoth The-
premiered at several solo performance festivals   atre Company; Strange Attractors, Frozen, and
around Chicago. Arturo is a founding company      The Laramie Project at The Empty Space The-
member of Sankofa Theatre Company; an             atre; 36 Views at Portland Center Stage; A Beau-
Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre where    tiful Country at Cornerstone Theatre Company;
he works with the youth theatre; and a teaching   Red at Singapore Repertory Theatre; A Winter
artist at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican    People and Winchester House at Boston Court;
High School. “Big thank you to my family,         and M. Butterfly and Sisters Matsumoto at East
friends, students, Paseo Boricua, and VGT”        West Players. His opera credits include world
                               WhO’s WhO
premieres of Osvaldo Golijov and David Henry      University. He studied at Ball State University
Hwang’s Ainadamar (co-production with the         and the Yale School of Drama.
Tanglewood Music Center, Lincoln Center for
the Performing Arts, and the Los Angeles Phil-    JeSSe KLuG (Lighting Designer) Previous
harmonic); and Rob Zuidam’s Rage d’Amours         Victory Gardens credits: We Are Proud To Present
(Tanglewood Music Center). He is an alumnus       a Presentaion..., The Elaborate Entrance of Chad
of New Dramatists and serves on the Executive     Deity, Blackbird, Circle Mirror Transformation,
Board of the Stage Directors and Choreogra-       Jacob and Jack, Hortensia and the Museum of
phers Society. Chay is a recipient of the Obie    Dreams. Off Broadway: The Elaborate Entrance
Award and DramaLogue Award for Direction.         of Chad Deity (Lortel, Hewes Nomination), The
                                                  Screwtape Letters (Off Broadway and National
LuiS ALFAro (Playwright) works in theatre,        Tour), Romulus, and The Hourglass. Regional:
performance, poetry, short fiction, and jour-     Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane, Broadway in
nalism. Born in Chicago and raised in down-       Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott Theatre,
town Los Angeles, Luis is the recipient of a      Victory Gardens, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppen-
MacArthur Foundation fellowship and is the        wolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Writers
only playwright to have received two Kennedy      Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Geffen Play-
Center Fund for New American Play awards in       house, Fulton Theatre, Asolo Repertory, Portland
the same year. A former Resident Artist at the    Center Stage, Indiana Repertory, American The-
Mark Taper Forum for ten years, Luis served as    atre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company,
Director of New Play Development. His plays       Northlight Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Time-
and performances have been seen throughout        line Theatre Company. He is a Jeff and After Dark
the Americas and Europe and include Elec-         Award recipient. jessekluglightingdesign.com.
tricidad; Oedipus el Rey; Breakfast, Lunch
& Dinner; Black Butterfly; No Holds Barrio;       miKhAiL FiKSeL (Sound Designer) returns
Bitter Homes & Gardens; and Straight as a         to Victory Gardens after having worked on
Line. He has taught throughout the country        Tree and Living Green. Recent Chicago credits
and is currently an Assistant Professor at the    include My Kind of Town (Timeline); Fish
University of Southern California. He has an      Men (Goodman Theatre); Hesperia, The Real
award-winning solo recording, down town, an       Thing, and Travels with My Aunt (Writers’
Emmy for his short film, Chicanismo, and his      Theatre); War with the Newts (Next Theatre);
first screenplay, From Prada to Nada, was pro-    Awake and Sing! (Northlight); Home/Land and
duced and released by Lionsgate. Luis’ newest     Feast (Albany Park Theatre Project); Pirates of
play, Bruja, is receiving its world premiere at   Penzance, Woyzcek, Frankenstein, and Oedipus
the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, CA.           (The Hypocrites); Petrified Forest, The Master
                                                  and Margarita, and Uncle Vanya (Strawdog);
Kevin dePinet (Set Design) is excited             Pony (About Face); and 1001 (Collaboraction).
to be working at Victory Gardens for his first    Mr. Fiksel’s regional and off-Broadway credits
time! He has designed for Steppenwolf, The        include Black N’ Blue Boys (Berkley Reper-
Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The         tory Theatre), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad
Royal George Theatre, The McCarter The-           Deity (Second Stage Theatre and the Geffen
atre, The Royal National Theatre of Great         Playhouse), In the Next Room or the Vibrator
Britain, The Drury Lane, The Court Theatre,       Play (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Rep-
The Arden Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory,           ertory), and Mauritius (Milwaukee Chamber
The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Denver           Theatre). He has received six Jeff awards, a
Theatre Center, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane,      Lucille Lortel Award, an After Dark Award,
Yale Repertory, Indiana Repertory, American       nominations for the Henry Hewes Design
Players Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre,      Award and for the L.A. Drama Critics Circle
Chicago Dramatists, Fox Valley Repertory, The     Award and was recently honored with the
Marriott Theatre, and Illinois Shakespeare. He    Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award.
also designed scenery for Michael Mann’s Film     Mr. Fiksel is an ensemble member of Strawdog
Public Enemies (Universal Studios). He was        Theatre Company and 2nd Story, an artistic
the Associate Designer for the original Tony      associate with Teatro Vista, Collaboraction and
Award-winning August Osage County. He is          Redmoon Theater. He is also on the faculty at
also an adjunct professor of design at DePaul     Loyola University Chicago. mikhailfiksel.com
                                 WhO’s WhO
dAvid hymAn (Costume Design) Off                    Aunt Susan at Goodman Theatre New Stages
Broadway: Orange, Hat & Grace (SoHo Rep).           Amplified Series; Race at Goodman Theatre;
Selected Chicago credits include The Real           Hay Fever, Belfry, An American Daughter, Don
Thing (Writers’ Theatre), Man in Love, FML:         Giovanni, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and
How Carson McCullers Saved my Life (Step-           Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Tina completed
penwolf), Rent (ATC & About Face Theatre),          her M.F.A. in stage management at Rutgers Uni-
The Homosexuals and Pony (About Face The-           versity, has worked in Business Theater and is
atre), Cherrywood (Mary-Arrchie, directed           a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
by David Cromer), A Very Merry...Scientology
Pageant (Next Theatre Co.), Heddatron (Step-        JAn KALLiSh (Executive Director) joined
penwolf Garage Rep - Jeff Award for Spe-            Victory Gardens Theater in February 2009.
cialization in Design), Medea with Child and        Previously, she served as Executive Director
Theories of the Sun (Sideshow Theatre Co.),         of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre from 1997
Punkplay (Steppenwolf Garage Rep, Pavement          to 2003. Under her leadership, the historic
Group), amongst others. David is a graduate         landmark (Adler & Sullivan, architects, 1889)
of Northwestern University. Look for his work       completed a $14 million renovation. There she
coming up at Writer’s Theatre and Victory Gar-      created a home for the Joffrey Ballet of Chi-
dens. For more info visit DavidBHyman.com           cago, and as a presenter, an acclaimed interna-
                                                    tional dance series that included The Bolshoi
ryAn Bourque (Fight Choreography)                   Ballet, The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, The
graduated from Columbia College with a degree       Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet
in acting. He has acted in Sophocles: Seven Sick-   Nacional de Cuba, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
nesses, Woyzeck, The Pirates of Penzance, Miss      of Taiwan, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Africa, and
Julie (The Hypocrites), The Hostage (The Gri-       the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Ms. Kallish also
ifin), Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie), and The Earl      launched and was Executive Producer of Ova-
(The Inconvenience). Fight Choreography: We         tions! Concert Celebrations of Great American
Are Proud To Present a Presentation… (Victory       Musicals. Modeled after City Center Encores!
Gardens), Moonshiner (Jackalope), Company           in New York City, Kallish produced Strike Up
(The Griffin), Bus Stop (The Den), Cherrywood       the Band; One Touch of Venus; Babes In Arms;
(Mary Arrchie), Sophocles: Sicknesses, Woyzeck      Promises, Promises; and Call Me Madam,
(The Hypocrites), Hit The Wall, Fight Night,        all at the Auditorium Theatre. As a theatrical
The Earl, Chicagoland (The Inconvenience),          producer, credits include The Color Purple,
and Festen (Steep Theatre). Ryan is a freelance     Broadway and first North American tour; A
photographer, and the Director of Media Rela-       Catered Affair, Broadway; associate producer,
tions, and a company member of The Inconve-         Execution of Justice by Emily Mann (About
nience. Thank you family and friends for your       Face Theatre, Chicago). She has served as a
love and support.                                   consultant to Matthew Bourne’s New Adven-
                                                    tures (U.S. tours of Edward Scissorhands and
tinA m. JACh (Production Stage Manager)             Car Man) and from 2006 to 2007 as CEO of
has been a Production Stage Manager at Vic-         the Nederlander Broadway China joint ven-
tory Gardens Theater for 13 seasons. We are         ture in Beijing, where she oversaw operations
Proud to Present a Presentation…, In The            for the first licensed performing arts joint ven-
Next Room or the vibrator Play, The Gospel          ture in China, and oversaw renovations plans
According to James, The Boys Room, At Home          for Shanghai Majestic Theatre, Shanghai. Ms.
at the Zoo, A Guide for the Perplexed, The Lost     Kallish is a Tony Award voter, a member of the
Boys of Sudan, The Elaborate Entrance of            Broadway League, the International Society of
Chad Deity (winner of six Jeff Awards and a         Performing Arts (ISPA), serves on the board
Pulitzer Prize Finalist for the 2010), Eurydice,    of The League Of Chicago Theaters. She is
Ignition Festival, Four Places, I Sailed with       an adjunct faculty member of DePaul Uni-
Magellan, The Snow Queen, Denmark, Cradle           versity’s Theatre School in Chicago, where
of Man, Symmetry, Trying, Anna in the Tropics       she teaches commercial theater management.
(2003 Pulitzer Prize winner in Drama), God &
Country, Fossils, Blissfield, Cahoots, and Knock
Me a Kiss. Some of her other SM credits are Ask
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G: Tell us about the development history of Oedipus el Rey.
L: Well, maybe first I should tell you that one of the ways that I sometimes work as a playwright is
to go into rehearsal with a lot of research but no text, which is how Oedipus el Rey started. I got
a call from the Getty Museum, which was being run at the time by a local Chicago artist, Ralph
Flores. They were looking for artists to respond to their collection.
G: As part of the Getty’s Villa Theater Lab series?
L: Yes! So much pressure, but so much fun to just let myself be taken over by the experience and
the experiment of the myth.
I went up to this very cool space with one scene, a director, seven actors, and in the spirit to
create. In the week that I was there, I roughly (and I do mean rough) wrote two or more scenes a
day and at the end of the residency ended up with a first draft of the play.
The first scene I wrote was the moment that Oedipus and Jocasta meet. I knew the myth, but
when I read it again, I thought about the transgressions of the story, but also what a tremendously
heart-breaking love story this was.
G: The Villa series at the Getty is organized, I think, around reinterpretations of classics and
contemporary work inspired by ancient sources. How’d you land on the Greeks?
L: Well, the Greeks were my fate. I was doing a residency in Arizona and one day I was conducting
a poetry workshop with teen felons. I heard the story of a young girl who had murdered her
mother, who had put a hit out on the dad who was involved in some sort of drug activity. This made
me feel so sad that I decided to go see a comedy that night at the Arizona Theatre Company. It
was a production of The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam. While waiting for the theatre
to open, I went into the little bookstore next to the box office and they had a sale on the Greeks,
ten for ten dollars. Wow, a dollar a Greek, pretty good, huh? The first play I read was Electra, the

story of a young girl who murders her mother to avenge her father’s death. What! Could it be that
2,400 years later we still have something to learn about grief, forgiveness, the destruction of self
and community?
G: Yeah, those Greek plays have a lot to offer contemporary folk.
L: The Greeks are a reminder. They serve as morality tales, but also challenge us to think about
very human feelings and actions. I love the theatre so much because it is an intimate live sport, a
ritual, a communal experience of learning how to be better human beings just like when it started.
This journey of the Greeks for me has been about this larger inquiry of society and culture.
I always start a play with a question. Electricidad, which is based on Electra, was asking the
question of whether we are truly capable of forgiveness. The third play of the cycle, Bruja,
a reimagining of Medea, asks us to consider what it means to live in exile today, so a play
about immigration.
On a much more personal level, I want so much to see my community as part of a national, even
world community, in terms of being represented in the arts and the dialogue about our future. In
some ways, the Greeks have reminded that next generation about the continuum we all belong
to. There were many great artists before me and there will be many after, but for today I get to
tell the story of what it meant to be here now. As a Chicano living in America, I think its important
to activate, motivate, energize the next generation to create the change they want to see in the
world – art is a way of bringing to light that which is sometimes perceived to be in the dark. We
illuminate. What a humbling honor.
G: With Electricidad we’ve got forgiveness and with Bruja we’ve got immigration.
With Oedipus...?
L: In Oedipus el Rey I was asking questions about the prison system in America. Why do we have
such a high recidivism rate? In Illinois, for example, more than half of all incarcerated return to
prison at least once.
The bigger question is what role do all of us play in this? Is this destiny or fate? Am I just a puppet
in a play that has been ordained for me? After having worked in the youth correctional system
and with at-risk populations the role of poverty and education are key to reform and the ability to
change one’s life. So then (because I am a playwright and looking for trouble) I wonder who has
access and what stops us from achievement?
G: How does your adaptation differ from the original?
L: I would say that the theme has not changed. I wrestle with keeping the beats of the original
story present for those that know the myth. Of course, I am playing with contemporary society,
which seems so much different than Greek society then, but is it really? I have a young king in
search of his throne. Along the way he commits an act, for which he did or did not have a choice
in committing (that’s really up to you to decide) that will force him to confront his destiny and
there will be a consequence for his actions. There you go, welcome to the theatre! I am always
surprised at how contemporary and relevant these stories are.
This might be more about process, but honestly, in some ways I think I take these old stories into
my heart and mind and I let them live inside of me with all of their possibility until I cannot take it
anymore and I have to write it down. I know that sounds like pregnancy, and it probably is, but it’s
good to know how long to let it bake before it gets overcooked. I am a big fan of research, so I do
take a lot of time to read and study as much as I can about the subject matter.
G: Some of the contemporary resonance in the piece comes through for me in its exploration of
gangs. This is a particularly hot topic in Chicago. I was in a meeting recently where someone
offered that something like 85-90% of the murders in the city are reportedly gang related! From
your own experience, what are some of the factors that make gang affiliation attractive to

young people and how can we break the cycle?
L: I was raised in what was considered one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in
downtown Los Angeles, which was ruled by two warring gangs and I saw a lot of violence and
death as a child. The need to belong is so strong for some young people, especially if you feel like
you don’t have a voice in your home, neighborhood, Country, etc. So, immigrant gangs become a
form of family when you first arrive to this country.
Gangs are a business now. Maybe once they were a political advocacy organization, but the truth
is that we are a consumer society and someone is buying all that trade. The business of drugs is
extraordinary right now.
I remember when I lived in Echo Park in L.A., I was very involved in community service and
I met the field representative for my Alderman or we call them City Council person. He gave
me a ride through the neighborhood and pointed out all the gang family houses, of which there
were quite a few, which was ruled by a fifth-generation gang. But it was not especially violent,
which I thought was strange, and he said it was because the trade that traveled through that
neighborhood was high-grade heroin that was bought by an affluent customer. So, the small time
stuff like crystal meth and crack was not yet traveling through there. Fascinating information to
hear as a resident, but amazing to hear if you are a playwright!
I came to my consciousness during the AIDS crisis and at one point I worked at a hospice for
families struggling with HIV. One of the lessons I took away from that experience is that you can’t
stop or slow a disease if you are not going to deal with all of its parameters. And in this case HIV
was caused not just by sexual activity, but ignorance, poverty, drug use, alcoholism, low self-
esteem, etc. Maybe even the simple need to be loved or touched.
I can’t imagine that you can help a young person out of a gang if you are not in some way going
to deal with after-school programs, health and nutrition, poverty, family dysfunction and violence,
etc. It truly takes a village. In Chicano culture we have a traditional Mayan concept – ‘In Lak’ech’
– In Spanish – ‘tu eres mi otro yo’, which roughly translates to ‘you are the other me’. When I hurt
you, I destroy a part of myself. Oedipus el Rey is both Greek and Mayan to me in that it is a myth,
but a call to action about our youth as well.
G: What’s up next for you?
L: Well, I work in the theatre, so I’m always looking for a gig. Trying to avoid being a barista at
Starbucks, but it just may be my fate!
Actually, I have been very blessed this year. I just opened Bruja at the Magic Theatre in San
Francisco to great reviews. Oedipus El Rey just closed in Portland, Oregon and everyone seemed
very happy there.
I am knee deep in research for a big fat new trilogy of plays about working class families. I also
love teaching so much and I am proud to be an assistant professor at the University of Southern
California in the MFA in Dramatic Writing Program.
I am always writing. My new play, Alleluia, the Road is a look at Pentecostalism in the U.S.
and will be produced this season. I also have the first trimester of a new solo show called
St. Jude, based on the twenty-seven days I spent sleeping with my father in a hospital this year
as he recovered from a stroke and open heart surgery, which I will be performing at the Ojai
Playwrights Festival at the end of the summer. I was humbly awarded a very prestigious Joyce
Foundation Fellowship to work in Minneapolis/St. Paul next year with the Asian and Latino
communities there. Sounds like an interesting collaboration and delicious meals…
And let’s not forget, working on this baby has been my pride and joy and brought me back
to collaborate with one of closest colleagues, Chay Yew, and one of my favorite cities in

America – Chicago!
Call To Action.
Oedipus el Rey embodies the spirit of ‘tu eres mi otro yo,’ which roughly translated means ‘you
are the other me.’ Working from this philosophy that each of us is responsible for the other,
VG linked up with an incredible group of community partners—Enlace Chicago, SER Central
States, BUILD and Southwest Youth Collaborative—to develop a series of public conversations
around the themes explored in the play.

For more information on this series and other events designed around this production of Oedipus
el Rey, please visit our website (www.victorygardens.org)

To lend your time and support to these amazing Chicago-based organizations please check out
the information listed below.

Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the
Little Village Community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live
and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.

Enlace Chicago works to improve these conditions through a preventative and proactive
approach that strengthens our families, our neighborhood, and thereby, our city. Through our
four program areas, Community Education, Violence Prevention, Community Enrichment, and
Economic Development, Enlace Chicago directly serves more than 5,000 youth and adults. The
organization’s impact reaches well beyond this number and benefits our entire community of
nearly 100,000 residents by creating opportunities and resources.

The Violence Prevention division of Enlace Chicago works to address the issue of youth and
gang violence in the Little Village neighborhood. The division runs the Violence Prevention
Collaborative, a collective of 24 deeply committed organizations and individuals working toward
a just and peaceful community through organizing, advocating and coordinating programs that
seek to reduce violence and address issues of economic and social justice

The collaborative also integrates and leads similar projects or collaborations including the
Illinois Latino Juvenile Justice Network through the National Council of La Raza. The Violence
Prevention Division also runs the Safety Net Works program through the state of Illinois and
CeaseFire ran through the University of Illinois at Chicago.

For more information visit us on the web:

For 42 years, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) has worked
in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem violence that takes away the positive
potential – and, far too often - the lives of youth.

Our Mission: To engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets so they can realize
their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of
our communities. We accomplish our mission through violence prevention/intervention, youth
development, and coalition building.

The BUILD Model: We have taken the best elements of our program experience and created the
BUILD Model, consisting of Prevention, Intervention, and BUILDing Futures (college/career prep
and leadership development), which provides coordinated services that assess youths’ needs,
identify their assets, and involve them in our programs and refer them to our community partners.
BUILD Values: Diversity, Respect, Open & Honest Communication, Trust, and Teamwork.
To volunteer for a BUILD program, Internship or to Implement a Community Service Project:
Contact Ashley Mouldon, Manager of Data and Communications: ashleymouldon@yahoo.com

SER Central States was established more than two decades ago to provide employment-
related services to people residing in the greater Chicago area. SER is the Spanish verb
“to be,” and also reflects the means by which our mission is accomplished — Service,
Employment, and Redevelopment.
SER has a high success rate in meeting the needs of individuals that other organizations may
not serve. We consistently reach our educational and employments targets, and have earned
a reputation for doing whatever it takes to help our customers succeed. We help our youth
customers gain the educational and job training they need, from basic skills to preparing for
higher education. The result? A real career path and the tools to move ahead in life.
SER relies on the strong support of public and private funding sources to help our customers
succeed. To volunteer or to donate please visit our website:

The mission of the Southwest Youth Collaborative (SWYC) is to inspire youth, families, and
community members from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds to become leaders
in their communities. Through a self-transformation approach, youth are engaged in innovative
programs and services that focus on positive youth development, grassroots organizing,
advocacy and social change initiatives.
The SWYC was formed in 1992 as part of the Chicago Community Trust’s Children, Youth and
Families Initiative. It is a community-based network of youth and community development
organizations serving African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, European
Americans, Native American and Latino children, youth and families living in the West Englewood,
Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, West Lawn and West Elsdon neighborhoods.
Since beginning its work in 1992, the SWYC has created a network of services with community
oversight and made a difference in the quality of life for children, youth and families in the
Southwest side of Chicago. Our youth and family centers have provided low income and working
parents and guardian’s opportunities for positive youth development. We serve thousands of
youth yearly, either through our sports programs of soccer, basketball, and karate or through our
after school tutoring, recreation, University of Hip Hop and our leadership development institute,
youth employment and Scholarship programs. Furthermore, through our advocacy work we have
gained victories in the area of summer jobs for youth, juvenile justice advocacy, and the Right to
Learn Campaign around Zero Tolerance policies and school suspensions.
Our goals are simple: better outcomes for each of our children and a more just and nurturing
world for them to grow up in, in our own neighborhoods and beyond. For more information,
please visit us on the web:

Glossary of Spanish
words and phrases
Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey is certainly written for an English-speaking audience. But
as a Chicano adaptation of the Greek classic, the play is peppered with Spanish words
and phrases. The seamless combination of Spanish and English is an important part of
the South Central LA culture that provides the backdrop for the play.

AN ALLELUIA                                 CHINGADA
religious, born-again Christian             a variation of chingado,
                                            meaning fucked up
like that                                   CHINGON
                                            bad-ass; big shot
stupid, a slobbering idiot                  CHISME
                                            a piece of gossip
neighborhood                                CHISMOSO
                                            a gossip
“simple soul”; blessed                      CHOLO
                                            Chicano male in “gang style”
a shop that sells herbs, charms, and        CHULA
other religious or spiritual items          pretty one, beautiful

BRUJA                                       CHURROS
witch                                       strips of fried dough (like a donut)

CABRÓN                                      COMO NO!
bastard, son of a bitch                     of course (lit. how no?)
(also a Billy goat)
CARNAL                                      advice
CHAMACO                                     but, take care of yourself!
kid (male)
CHI-CHI                                     healer

ENTONCES                           MOCOSO
then, anyway                       snot-nosed kid (masculine)

ESE                                NEGOCIOS
what you call your close friend,   business
something like dude or homeboy
(used mostly by Chicanos in        NOVELA
Southern California)               soap opera

ESO                                OJOS
that, exactly                      eyes

FELIZ                              OYE
happy                              Hey! literally it means ‘listen’ or ‘to hear’

LA GENTE                           PENDEJO
the people                         idiot, dumb ass

HERMANO/A                          PINCHÉ
brother/sister                     fucking (as an adjective curse,
                                   not as in sex) also worthless
son                                PLEITO
bonesetter                         PUTA/PUTO
bones                              RABIA
lazy-ass, stupid                   EL SOBADOR
                                   uncertified chiropractor/masseuse
boss, chief                        TECOLOTE
young man                          VATO
cleansing                          VIEJO/VIEJA
                                   old man/woman
fear                               YA CALLATE
                                   shut up (NOW)!

viCtORy gaRdens COntRibutORs
Victory Gardens is grateful for the generous support of these corporations, foundations, and government agencies. We thank
the following organizations for gifts received July 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012.

SuStAinerS’ CirCLe            National Endowment for         AnGeLS’ CirCLe                 Illinois Tool Works
($75,000 +)                     the Arts                     ($10,000-$14,999)              Motorola Mobility Foundation
Alphawood Foundation          Polk Bros. Foundation          The Anne and Burt Kaplan
The Shubert Foundation        REAM Foundation                  Fund of the Mayer and        PLAywriGhtS’ CirCLe
                                                               Morris Kaplan Family         ($2,000-$4,999)
viSionAry CirCLe            tony CirCLe                        Foundation                   Anonymous
($50,000-$74,999)           ($15,000-$24,999)                The McVay Foundation           Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
The Chicago Community       Anonymous                        The Seabury Foundation         The Irving Harris Foundation
  Trust                     The Edgerton Foundation          William and Orli Staley        John R. Halligan Charitable
The Joyce Foundation        The James S. Kemper                Foundation                     Fund
John D. and Catherine T.      Foundation                     Wrightwood Neighbors Con-      PNC Foundation
  MacArthur Foundation      Charles & M.R. Shapiro             servation Association        The Saints
                              Foundation                                                    Richard and Ellen Sandor
LeAderShiP CirCLe           Sara Lee Foundation            ProduCerS’ CirCLe                  Family Foundation
($25,000- $49,999)          The Venturous Theater          ($5,000-$9,999)
Allstate Insurance            Fund of the Tides Foundation The Charles H. and Bertha L.
The Boeing Company                                           Boothroyd Foundation
                                                                                        Actors’ Equity Association
Crown Family Philanthropies                                John R. Halligan Charitable
Leo S. Guthman Fund                                          Fund

 Victory Gardens Theater is deeply grateful to the Polk Bros. Foundation for its long-time leadership support
of the Victory Gardens Arts Education programs for Chicago Public School students. Arts Education programs
include Drama in the Schools, the Scholarship Subscription Series, Holiday Drama Kids, and Youth Theater Network
Victory Gardens Theater is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and
by a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
                bOaRd Of diReCtORs
pResideNT                diReCTORs                 HONORARY                 liFe diReCTORs
Steven N. Miller         Steven H. Adelman         BOARd memBeRs            Hal Pendexter
                         David C. Arch             Nancy Breseke            Joyce Sloane
immediATe pAsT           Frederick N. Bates        Stuart Burstein
pResideNT                Pamella Capitanini        Carol Eastin
Jeffrey C. Rappin        Edward Ford               Victor Fonseca
                         David Glasner             Jan Grayson
ViCe pResideNT           Jan Kallish               Alvin Katz
Stephanie Pendexter      Sidney Lee                Herb Kraus
                         Sylvia Margolies          Ruth Aizuss Migdal
seCReTARY                Anne Marie Peretz         Merle Reskin
Virginia Fitzgerald      Jeffrey C. Rappin
                                                   Harry Seigle
                         Carol Rosofsky
                                                   Allen Turner
                         Eileen Sweeney
                         A. Kirk Twiss
S. Cody Engle
                         Susan Weiss
                         Chay Yew

              geneRal infORMatiOn
 ViCTORY GARdeNs BiOGRApH THeATeR                                     BOX OFFiCe
          2433 N. Lincoln Ave                          at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
ViCTORY GARdeNs AdmiNisTRATiVe OFFiCes                            TTY 773.871.0682
            773.549.5788                                    information@victorygardens.org
pARKiNG: Valet parking is available at the Biograph for $11 one hour before curtain. Parking is also
available at Children’s Memorial Hospital garage at a reduced rate weekday evenings after 5 pm and
weekends: $6 flat rate, no overnights. You must present your ticket stub at the garage to receive the
discount. Street parking is available, but beware of permit signs.
smOKiNG, CAmeRAs, ReCORdiNG deViCes, ANd FOOd are forbidden in the theater. You
may check cameras and recording equipment with the House Manager, who will secure them until
after the performance. Children under the age of six are not admitted except for special programming.
lOsT ANd FOuNd: 773.549.5788, ext. 2144
Victory Gardens is additionally grateful to these organizations that matched gifts to the Theater.
Alliance Bernstein               The Boeing Company                The John D. and Catherine T.      New York Community Trust
Anonymous                        CNA                                 MacArthur Foundation            PepsiCo
Arcelor Mittal                   The GE Foundation                 Mead Witter Foundation            Polk Bros. Foundation
Robert W. Baird & Co.            IBM                               Merrill Lynch                     The Spencer Foundation
Bank of America                  Illinois Tool Works               Motorola Foundation               Louis T. Roth Foundation, Inc.

Victory Gardens is grateful for the generous support of hundreds of individuals who make contributions to the Theater. We rec-
ognize donors of $150 + here as a special token of our appreciation. Donors in the following giving societies are also provided
exclusive benefits including behind-the-scenes access and special invitations. To find out more, please visit www.victorygar-
dens.org or call 773-549-5788 x. 2207.

This list recognizes gifts received July 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012.
CreAtor’S CirCLe                 Jared Kaplan and                                                    Laura and Michael Hassan
($100,000+)                        Maridee Quanbeck                BeneFACtor                        Dovie and Michael Horvitz
Anonymous                        Alvin and Elizabeth Katz          ($500-$999)                       John Hourihane
                                 Averill and Bernard Leviton       Deborah and Jeffery Bauer         Susan and Manny Kramer
viSionAry CirCLe                 Dr. Paul M. Lisnek and            Douglas R. Brown                  Diana K. Levin
($50,000-$74,999)                  Brian F. Lozell                 Nancy Brune                       Ed and Jennifer Levy
Fred Eychaner                    Murray and Anne Marie Peretz      Rona and Ralph Brown              Frances and Charles Licht
                                 Barbara and Carl Plochman         Rob and Mary Conrad               Lincoln Park Import Service
tony CirCLe                      Jeffrey Rappin and Penny Brown    Anna Cooper-Stanton               Barbara and John Massey
($15,000-$24,999)                Donald H. Ratner                  Alice and Ed Dubose               R. David Matthews
David and Suzanne Arch           Judith Rhinestine and             Salli and Thomas Eley             Kevin and Patricia McCanna
Betty Bradshaw                     Michael Stein                   Carmen and Earnest Fair           Mark and Linda Nordenberg
                                 Rhonda Rochambeau and             Thomas and Patricia Fronczek      Richard Gibbons and
AnGeLS’ CirCLe                     Larry Shulman                   Gillian and Ellis Goodman            Robert Ollis
($10,000-$14,999)                Carol Rosofsky and Bud Lifton     Hollis and Gabrielle Griffin      Bruce Oltman
Doris Conant                     Dr. Neil Ross and                 Janet Hurwich                     Nicholas Patricca
Steven and Diane Miller            Dr. Lynn Hauser                 Katten Muchin Rosenman            William and Nancy Raymond
A. Kirk Twiss and                Esther S. Saks                    Eun Lee                           Dr. Eric J. Russell and
  Connie J. Fairbanks            Richard and Betty Seid            Metropolitan Capital Bank            Dr. Sandra Fernbach
Arnold Winfield                  Bruce and Fanchon Simons          Roberta Olshansky                 Gordon Sauer
                                 Jay and Marcia Stone              Grayce Papp                       Robert P. Schaible
ProduCerS’ CirCLe                Eileen Sweeney and Joe Lauck      Judy and Andrew Porte             Nancy Lollar Sergel
($5,000-$9,999)                  Howard and Judith Tullman         Judith Sagan                      Linda and Michael Simon
Deborah and Cody Engle           Dr. Fred A. Zar                   Lloyd and Natalie Shefsky         W.J Stenhouse
Virginia and David Glasner                                         Helen Shworles                    Dr. Steven J. Stryker
The Lee Family                 direCtorS’ CirCLe                   Harry and Susan Seigle            Brady Twiggs
Sylvia and Larry Margolies     ($1,000- $1,999)                    Ellen and Lewis Smith             Rob Waters and
Marcia Pendexter               Anonymous                           Elizabeth Ware                       Robert Alpaugh
Stephanie Pendexter            Peter and Lucy Ascoli                                                 Melissa Weber
Rich Skolly and Kate Feinstein Nancy Breseke                       BACKerS                           Iris S. Witkowsky
Barbara Timmer and             Richard and Ann Carr                ($250-$499)
  Catherine Glynn Benkaim      Teri and Cary Cicurel               Anonymous                         enthuSiAStS
                               Kevann Cooke                        David and Ilene Alex              ($150-$249)
PLAywriGhtS’ CirCLe Lynne E. Curtis                                Mareon R. Arnold                  Anonymous
($2,000-$4,999)                Elaine L. Disch                     Chris and Katie Barber            John S. and Sarah H. Ailey
Steven and Pamela Adelman Sondra and Sidney Epstein                Bruce Beatus                      Rochelle Allen
Frederick N. Bates and         Nancy Gidwitz                       Marc Beem and                     William and Ann Baker
   Ellen J. Benjamin           Howard and Jacqueline Gilbert         Susan Berkowitz                 Adrian and Arta Beverly
Pamella and Alfredo Capitanini Lois and Marty Hauselman            Jordan and Masha Block            Leigh and Henry Bienen
Joyce Chelberg                 Jan Kallish                         Larry and Susan Broutman          Michael A. Boisvert and
Loren and David Chernoff       Mike and Pat Koldyke                Judith Chrisman and                  Maria Otero-Boisvert
J. Richard Childers            Isaac Liberman                        William Crozier                 John and Jill Bowling
Pamela Crutchfield             Helen Melchior                      Louis Cohn and                    Barbara and Richard Bull
William DeWoskin and           Dawn and John Palmer                  Patricia Kroness                Helen and William Burns
   Wendy Gross                 Bette Cerf Hill and                 Michelle Collins                  Karen A. Callaway
Carol Eastin                     Bruce Sagan                       Judith Cothran                    Robert and Dardena Carr
Virginia Fitzgerald            Nikki Smith                         Rosemary Crowley                  Judy and Dean Corrin
Carol and Victor Fonseca       Fredric and Nikki Will Stein        Maureen Eisenberg                 Kassie Davis
Bob Friedman                   Robert and Chung-Kyun               Joseph and Marilyn Ernsteen       Robert and Quinn Delaney
J. A. Friedman                   Wedgeworth                        Raymond Fessler                   Helen Doria
Charles R. Grode               Judy and Morton Weisman             Terri and Stephen Geifman         Jill Gardner
Ruth and David Kahn                       ˇek
                               Dennis Zac and                      Carol and Gary Gerson             Maryann Gregory
                                 Marcelle McVay                    Jack and Sandra Guthman           Tim and Marilyn Grodrian
Steven A. Grossman             Matthew Keller                  Joshua and Marianne Mintz       Robert Schwartz
Charles and Randi E. Gurian    Chris and Pam Kentra            Grove Mower and Brooke          Tony and Celeste Scolaro
Jo Ellen and Stephen Ham       Rachel Kraft                      Hummer Mower                  Lawrence A. Sherman
Martha Ann and James Hogan     Carla Lang                      John and Patricia Nesbitt       Michael and Ruth Sklar
Karen Howell                   Virginia Meeker and             Catherine Painter and           Maureen Slavin
Brooke Hummer and                Michael Grethen                 Christopher Brandely          Charles Tausche
  Grove Mower                  John Meyerhoff and              Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Pisani     Carl and Hazel Vespa
Gail and Milton Jacobson         Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff        Sarene Rosen                    Bernice Weissbourd
Melvin and Annie Kahn          David and Bonnie Miller         Marguerite Saecker              Ramona L. Welker

We thank the following donors for these honorary gifts. Gifts received July 1, 2010 – May 31, 2012.

in honor of Steve and          in honor of Jan Kallish         in honor of Carol rosofsky      Susan Glick
Pamela Adelman                 Helen Doria                     and Bud Lifton                  Nancy Greenberg
David and Bonnie Miller        The Anne and Burt Kaplan        Alice and Ed Dubose             Ellie Halevy
                                 Fund of the Mayer and         David and Ruth Kahn             Cheryl Lewin
in memory of                     Morris Kaplan Family                                          Daniel G. McMahon
dr. morton Arnsdorf              Foundation                    in honor of Sandy Shinner       John and Kris Palmer
Rosemary Crowley               David and Ruth Kahn             J. Richard Childers             Ruth Rothstein
                               Rachel Kraft                                                    Larry and Jenny Schanker
in honor of Fred Bates         Randee and Mark Saturno      in memory of                       Barry P. Siegel
Bruce Beatus                                                thomas Shworles                    Marci and Jay Stone
Kassie Davis                   in honor of herb Kraus’      Patricia and James Corirossi       Walter and Betty Lou Weiss
                               90th Birthday                Bivian H. Daniel
in honor of todd Bauer         Richard and Sherry Frenzel   Mark Daniel and Nikki Francis      in honor of eileen Sweeney
Nancy McDaniel                                              Tim and Marilyn Grodrian           and Joe Lauck
                               in honor of Sylvia margolies Helen Shworles                     Rhona and Julian Frazin
in honor of                    Sandra Rosenbloom            Kirk Williamson
richard Christensen            Judy Stone                   in honor of Bruce Simons           in honor of Chay yew
Mary Jane Pollack                                           Ellen and Lewis Smith              Bruce Beatus
                               in honor of Steve miller                                        Barbara Timmer and
in honor of Cody and           Anonymous                    in honor of rich Skolly and          Catherine Glynn Benkaim
deborah engle                  Bruce and Jacki Barron       Kate Feinstein
Dr. Neil Ross and              Janice and Harvey Miller     Sandra and Greg Katzman            in honor of dennis zacekˇ
  Dr. Lynn Hauser                                                                              Brian and Amy Ahern
Annette Turow                  in honor of robert ollis        in memory of Joyce Sloane       Irwin Drobny
                               Anne Rossiter                   Elizabeth K. Auman              Alvin and Elizabeth Katz
in honor of                                                    Deb Clapp                       Rachel Kraft
maureen eisenberg            in honor of Jeff rappin           Bernard Dowling                 Michael and Ruth Sklar
Marvin and Phyllis Eisenberg Ada Barach                        Deborah and Cody Engle          Rich Skolly and Kate Feinstein
                             David and Ruth Kahn               Richard Skolly and
                                                                 Kate Feinstein                                     ˇ
                                                                                               in honor of dennis zacek
                                                               Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond      and marcelle mcvay
                                                               Bob Friedman                    Iris S. Witkowsky

  Victory Gardens Theater expresses its deepest gratitude and most sincere sympathy to the family of Thomas Shworles.
Mr. Shworles was a long-time friend of the Theater and supporter of our Access Project. He wanted to change the perception
 of what a person with a disability could do, and spent his adult life as an advocate for the disabled community. When he
passed away in the spring of 2011, his family generously chose Victory Gardens as a beneficiary of gifts in his memory. We
                                           are honored to be a part of his legacy.
CHiCAGO sTORies GAlA 2012
On May 12, 2012, Victory Gardens Theater celebrated the 22nd annual Chicago Stories benefit at Venue One. This annual gala
fundraiser is an important source of funding for Victory Gardens’ commitment to new work. In addition to a special performance
from The Poets Conservatory and remarks from Oedipus El Rey playwright Luis Alfaro, the 2012 Chicago Stories benefit honored
Jeffrey C. Rappin and Victor Fonseca. We express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped to make the event a success!
                                                 BeneFit Co-ChAirS:
                                                   Stephanie Pendexter
                                                    Anne Marie Peretz
                                                        Mark Yee

                                                BeneFit Committee:
                                                     David C. Arch
                                                   Frederick N. Bates
                                                     Penny Brown
                                                   Pamella Capitanini
                                                   Virginia Fitzgerald
                                                    Sylvia Margolies

victory Gardens expresses a special note of gratitude to the event sponsors:
Premiere LeveL                 direCtorS’ LeveL                 Event Creative                  individuAL SPonSor
SPonSor ($15,000)              SPonSor ($7,500)                 Virginia Fitzgerald             ($1,000)
Exelon                         Steven and Pamela Adelman        Grant Thornton LLP              Ted and Susan Oppenheimer
                                                                J & L Catering                  Esther S. Saks
PLAywriGhtS’ LeveL             deSiGnerS’ LeveL                 David and Ruth Kahn             Emmy and Steve Stanley
SPonSor ($10,000)              SPonSor ($5,000)                 The Lee Family                  Towers Watson
Allstate                       David and Suzanne Arch           Motorola Mobility Foundation
ITW                            Frederick N. Bates and           Carol Rosofsky and Bud Lifton
Steve and Diane Miller           Ellen J. Benjamin              Wells Fargo and Abbot Downing
Stephanie Pendexter            The Boeing Company               Gabrielle Griffin and
Murray and Anne Marie Peretz   Cody and Deborah Engle             Betty Latson
Jeffrey C. Rappin and
  Penny Brown

Special note of thanks to the following individuals who contributed additional support:

ProduCerS’ CirCLe               BeneFACtor                      Dovie and Michael Horvitz       in honor of Jeffrey C. rappin
($5,000-$9,999)                 ($500-$999)                     Ed and Jennifer Levy            Jordan and Masha Block
Steven and Diane Miller         Ralph and Rona Brown            Lincoln Park Import Service     Ralph and Rona Brown
Marcia Pendexter                Rob and Mary Conrad             Mark and Linda Nordenberg       Jack and Sandra Guthman
Stephanie Pendexter             Virginia Fitzgerald             Rob Waters and Robert Alpaugh   David and Ruth Kahn
                                Victor and Carol Fonseca                                        Jan Kallish
PLAywriGhtS’ CirCLe Hollis and Gabrielle Griffin                enthuSiASt                      Carol and Joseph Master
($2,000-$4,999)                 Katten Muchin Rosenman          ($150-$249)                     Metropolitan Capital Bank
David and Ruth Kahn             Eun Lee                         Carla Lang                      John Meyerhoff and Lenel
Rhonda Rochambeau and           Isaac Liberman                  Helen Melchior                    Srochi-Meyerhoff
  Larry Shulman                 Metropolitan Capital Bank       John Meyerhoff and              John and Patricia Nesbitt
Rich Skolly and Kate Feinstein Lloyd and Natalie Shefsky          Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff        Mark and Linda Nordenberg
Jay and Marcia Stone            Emmy and Steve Stanley          Joshua and Marianne Mintz       Lloyd and Natalie Shefsky
                                Fredric Stein and               Grove Mower and                 Rich Skolly and Kate Feinstein
direCtorS’ CirCLe                 Nikki Will Stein                Brooke Hummer Mower
($1,000-$1,999)                                                 John and Patricia Nesbitt       in honor of victor Fonseca
Frederick N. Bates and          BACKer                                                          William Bergman
  Ellen J. Benjamin             ($250-$499)                                                     Jan Kallish
Joyce Chelberg                  Chris and Katie Barber                                          Rich Skolly and Kate Feinstein
Cody and Deborah Engle          Robin Bauer
Jan Kallish                     Marc Beem and Susan Berkowitz
Sylvia and Larry Margolies      Jordan and Masha Block
Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill Jack and Sandra Guthman
iN- KiNd dONATiONs
33 West                           The Container Store             Kids Science Labs              Murray and Anne Marie Peretz
101.9fm THE MIX                   Colori Eco Paint Boutique       The Kid’s Table                Piece Pizzeria and Brewery
About Face                        ComEd                           Kiehl’s                        Pied Piper
Acting Studio Chicago             Connections Learning Center     Kincade’s Bar and Grill        Pier 39
Adventure Stage Chicago           Cooper’s Hawk Winery and        L20                            Project You Fitness, Inc
Akira Chicago                        Restaurants                  Language Stars                 Public House
Albany Bank & Trust               Robert Cornelius                Laudi Vidni                    Pump It Up Chicago
  Company, N.A                    Court Theatre                   The Lee Family                 Raven Theatre
Allegro Chicago, A Kimpton        The Cupcake Counter             The Legend of Ballydoyle       Remy Bumppo Theatre
  Hotel                           D4 Irish Pub and Café           Lifeline Theatre                  Company
A New Leaf                        D’agostino’s                    Light Opera Works              Revolution Brewing
American Conservatory             Dave & Buster’s                 Lillstreet Art Center          Rob Waters
  Theater                         Philip Dawkins                  William Lin, M.D.              Carol Rosofsky
American Girl                     Destination Fitness             Lincoln Hall                   RPM Italian
American Theater Company          East Bank Club                  Lincoln Park Import Service    Sabatino’s Restaurant
Anita Dee Yacht Charters          Eclipse Theatre Company         Lincoln Park Zoo               Sable Kitchen & Bar
Anonymous                         Cody and Deborah Engle          Lincoln Station                sara jane
Annoyance Theatre & Bar           erwin: an american café         Paul M. Lisnek and             Sax Chicago Hotel
Apollo Theater                       and bar                        Brian F. Lozell              The Second City
Aquitane Restaurant               ETA: Creative Arts Foundation   Little Beans Cafe              Bruce and Fanchon Simons
David and Suzanne Arch            Event Creative                  Lookingglass Theatre           Shedd Aquarium
Art+Science Salon                 FasTracKids                     Lou Malnati’s                  Skydeck Chicago
Auditorium Theatre of             Fine Arts Museum of             Lynfred Winery                 Smoque BBQ
  Roosevelt                          San Francisco                Lyric Opera of Chicago         Spare Time Inc
Aurora Theatre Company            Fireside Restaurant             Maggiano’s                     Sprinkles Cupcakes
Babette                           First Folio Theatre             Magnolia Bakery                Stage 773
Bad Apple                         Fitness Formula Club            Marianne Strokirk Salon        Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Bar Forza                         Virginia Fitzgerald             Sylvia and Larry Margolies     Steve Miller
Bark Bark Club                    Fizz                            Marin Theatre Company          Story Studio Chicago
Black Cloud                       Fox Valley Repertory            Mes Amies Boutique             Stuart-Rodgers Photography
Black Box Acting Studio           Francesca’s Bryn Mawr           Metro                          Sunda
Blue Man Group Chicago            Frank Lloyd Wright              Metropolitan Brewing           Swedish American Museum
Broadway in Chicago                  Preservation Trust           Michael’s Chicago/             Swirlz Cupcakes
Build-A-Bear Workshop             Frankie’s Scaloppine              Chicago Redhots              Tasting deVine
Bull and Bear                     Freeling Pots and Pans          Steve and Diane Miller         Thodos Dance Chicago
Pamella and Alfredo Capitanini    The French Pastry School        Moe’s Cantina/John             Thomas West Salon
Café Baba Reeba                   g Boutique                        Barleycorn                   III Forks
Carnegie Hall                     Gemini Bistro                   Moksha                         TimeLine Theatre Company
Carrara Children’s Shoes, LTD.    Gethsemane Garden Center        Mon Ami Gabi                   Top of the Rock
Chef Amaury                       Goodman Theatre                 Moto                           Tours R US Chicago
Chicago a cappella                Goose Island                    Motorola Mobility              Trader Joe’s
Chicago Architecture Foundation   Gordon Hair Salon               Mrs. Murphy’s & Sons Irish     Tru
Chicago Bears                        and Aveda Day Spa              Bistro                       Howard and Judith Tullman
Chicago Botanic Garden            Gorilla Tango Theatre           Museum of Contemporary Art     Untouchable Tours
Chicago Bulls                     Grant Park Music Festival in    Music of the Baroque           Urban Oasis
Chicago Chamber Musicians            Millennium Park              Musical Magic                  Viaggio Ristorante and
Chicago Children’s Museum         Home Bistro                     The Neo-Futurists                 Lounge
Chicago Children’s Theatre        The Homestead                   Next Theatre Company           Virtu
Chicago Chocolate Tours           Hotel 71: Hoyt’s                NHL Enterprises, L.PE          Vosges Haut-Chocolat
Chicago Dramatists                Hotel Burnham Chicago,          The Nicholson School           Waxman Candles
Chicago History Museum               A Kimpton Hotel              Northlight Theatre             WBEZ 91.5 FM: Chicago
Chicago Humanities Festival       Hotel Monaco, A Kimpton         NY Skyride at the Empire          Public Media
Chicago International                Hotel                          State Building               WDRV - The Drive
  Children’s Film Festival        Hub 51                          Oceanique                      Wells Street Popcorn
Chicago’s New Headshot            Hubbard Street Dance            Old Town School Folk Music     The Westin Resort and Spa,
Chicago Opera Theater                Chicago                      The Oriental Institute            Puerto Vallarta
Chicago Sailing                   Hyde Park Art Center            Oscar Isberian Rugs            WineStyles
Chicago Shakespeare Theater       iCandy Sugar Shoppe             Out-U-Go! Pet Care             Wishbone
Chicago Sinfonietta               Inn of Chicago Magnificent      The Paintbrush… a children’s   Wolfbait & B-girls
Chicago Symphony Orchestra           Mile                           art studio                   Wrigleyville Sports
Chicago Trolley Co.               iO Improv                       The Palmer House Hotel         Writers’ Theatre
Chicago White Sox                 Italian Village                 Panera Bread                   Yolk
Chicago Wolves                    J & L Catering                  Paramount Theatre              Zig Zag
City Lit Theater Company          Jazz Institute of Chicago       Paris Club                     Zipcar
City Soles                        Jim Karas Personal Training     The Peggy Notebaert Nature
City Winery                       Joel Hall Dancers & Center        Museum
Classic Kids                      Kick It Right                   Stephanie Pendexter
On March 1, 2010, we launched The Campaign for Growth when we dedicated our intimate studio theater in honor of Richard
Christiansen, beloved Chicago Tribune Chief Critic Emeritus. The Campaign for Growth supports Victory Gardens’ core
programmatic areas, including Fresh Squeezed, Arts Education, The Access Project, and the Ignition Festival. Prominent nam-
ing recognition and other opportunities still remain. For more information, or to support this important effort, please contact
Brittany Barnes at 773.549.5788 x. 2146 or bbarnes@victorygardens.org.

We gratefully acknowledge these supporters who made gifts to The Campaign for Growth as of May 31, 2012.
($25,000 And ABove)             ($2,500-$4,999)                Rachel Kraft*                    Stuart Dybek
John Logan *                    Steven and Pamela Adelman      Tracy Letts                      Maureen Eisenberg
William L. Petersen*            Victor and Carol Fonseca       Joseph and Arlene Mantegna*      Herbert Gordon
                                Ruth P. Horwich                Charles and Kate Newell*         Marc Grapey*
($10,000 And ABove)             Martha A. Lavey*               Stuart and Carol Oken*           Mazen Instanbouli
Anonymous                       Sylvia and Larry Margolies     Mary Jane Pollack                Michael John Kelly
Frederick N. Bates and          Bruce and Fanchon Simons       Jeff Perry*                      Christopher and Elizabeth Keys
  Ellen J. Benjamin                                            Rhonda Rochambeau and            Toby and Judy King*
Deborah and Cody Engle          ($500-$2,499)                    Larry Shulman                  Dan Koss
Sidney Epstein and              The Alsdorf Foundation         Bernard Sahlins and              Barbara Lanctot
  Sondra Berman Epstein         Douglas R. Brown                 Jane Nicholl Sahlins           Nancy and Don Olsen
John Mahoney*                   Pastora San Juan Cafferty      Roche Schulfer and Mary          Tom Popson and
Steve and Diane Miller          David and Loren Chernoff         Beth Fisher*                     Lynn Van Matre*
Jeffrey Rappin and              Rick Cleveland*                Rich Skolly and Kate Feinstein   Adele Rapport
  Penny Brown                   Gary and Teddi Cole            Timeline Theatre Company*        James Sherman and
William and Orli Staley         George J. and Theresa L.       Barbara Timmer and                 Linnea Todd*
                                  Cotsirilos Family Foundation   Catherine Glynn Benkaim        Jeffrey Sweet*
($5,000-$9,999)                 Kassie Davis                              ˇ
                                                               Dennis Zacek and                 Alida Szabo*
Bob Friedman                    Carol Eastin                     Marcie McVay*                  Terri Thrower
David A. Mamet*                 Robert Falls and Kathleen                                       Myles Tobin and
Carol Rosofsky and                Moynihan Falls*              ($50- $499)                        Carol Christensen
  Bud Lifton                    Doris and Edward Ford          Anonymous                        Frederick Wall
Dr. Paul M. Lisnek and          Barbara Gaines*                John S. and Sarah H. Ailey       Jeremy Wechsler
  Brian F. Lozell               Edith Gaines                   Henry and Leigh Bienen           Edward Wheatley and
Sylvia and Larry Margolies      Richard and Mary Gray          Karen Callaway*                    Mary MacKay
Peter and Hope Schneider*       Michael Halberstam*            Sally Cooper
A. Kirk Twiss                   BJ and Candy Jones*            Tessa Craib Cox
                                Jan Kallish*                   Tandy Cronyn*                    * denotes Artists Tribute Fund
                                Alvin and Elizabeth Katz       Steve and Michelle Cucchiaro
                                Margie Korshak Goodman and Elaine L. Disch*
                                Charles H. Goodman             Brigid Duffy*
ARTisTiC diReCTOR                    eXeCuTiVe diReCTOR
CHAY YEW                             JAN KALLISH

ARTisTiC                             AdmiNisTRATiON                       AudieNCe seRViCes
  Director of New Play Development     General Manager                      Director of Audience Services
WILL ROGERS                          RICH NONNWEILER                      JEFF MCLAREN
  Associate Producer                   Director of Finance                  Manager of Ticketing Services
MIKE ERVIN                           DANIEL REINGLASS                     JOANNA BESS
  Access Project Coordinator           Executive Assistant                  House Manager
KEVIN COVAL                          ALYSSA GILL                          ANDREW BAILES
CURT COLUMBUS                          Kemper Arts Management Intern      SARAH BAUGHMAN
JOCELYN PRINCE                         Aministrative Intern               ALI DELIANIDES
  Artistic Associates                                                     REENY HOFRICHTER
CAROLINE TIMMER                      deVelOpmeNT                          LOUIE LARRALDE
  Artistic Assistant                 BRITTANY BARNES                      MARGARET MCCALL
ZOOEY MARMER                           Development Manager                KATE PETTIT
K. ALEAH PAPES                       MISSY METZ                           SHANNON SULLIVAN
ASHLEY TAYLOR                          Development Associate              CAROLINE TIMMER
  Artistic Interns                   MARY MURPHY                            Audience Services Staff
                                       Corporate, Foundations, and
ARTisTiC diReCTOR emeRiTus             Government Grants Manager       CONsulTANTs
DENNIS ZACEK                         MALLORY PRIMM                     CATHY TAYLOR PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.
                                       Development Assistant             Public Relations
plAYWRiGHTs eNsemBle                 SARA CUNNINGHAM                   PAUL KOOB
PHILIP DAWKINS                         Development Intern              BRAD CAWLEY
MARCUS GARDLEY                                                           Graphic Design
SAMUEL D. HUNTER                     mARKeTiNG &                       BENTON MELBOURNE
TANYA SARACHO                        COmmuNiCATiONs                      Web Master
                                     JOHN ZINN                         DANIEL P. COFFEY & ASSOCIATES
plAYWRiGHTs eNsemBle                   Director of Marketing &           Biograph Architect
AlumNi                                 Communications                  THOMAS HICKEY
CLAUDIA ALLEN                        MEGAN CAMPBELL                      Richard Christiansen Theater Architect
LONNIE CARTER                          Group Sales & Promotions        SCHULER &SHOOK
STEVE CARTER                           Manager                           Theater Consultant
GLORIA BOND CLUNIE                   TIM SPEICHER                      FRED A. ZAR, M.D.
DEAN CORRIN                            Marketing Manager                 Theater Physician
NILO CRUZ                            KAMILAH RASHIED                   ALVIN KATZ
JOEL DRAKE JOHNSON                     Community Engagement Coordinator Mayer Brown LLP
JOHN LOGAN                                                               Legal Counsel
NICHOLAS PATRICIA                    eduCATiON                           Ruzicka and Associates
DOUGLAS POST                         ROBERT CORNELIUS
JAMES SHERMAN                          Arts Education Director         Oedipus el ReY
CHARLES SMITH                        JUSTUS EASON                      pROduCTiON
JEFFREY SWEET                        JAVIER FERNANDEZ                  MARTI LYONS
KRISTINE THATCHER                    COURTNEY HUNTLEY                    SDC Directing Observer and
                                     CRYSTAL MARqUEZ                     Assistant to the Director
pROduCTiON                           IREANNA MOORE                     EMILY TARLTON
SCOTT MILLER                         TREMANDA PEWITT                     Costume/Tattoo Assistant
  Production Manager                 LAURA PROFIT                      MARGARET McCALL
BRIAN CLAGGETT                       KALI SKATCHKE                     AMY HILBER
  Technical Director                 RACHEL ZABILKA                      Floor Managers
TOM ALBRIGHT                           Teen Arts Council               SCOTT GERWITZ, USA
  Master Electrician/Facilities      CAROLINE DONNELLY                 JULIE RUSCITTI, USA
KURT KUFFERER                        LAURA PROFIT                        Scenic Artists
  Master Carpenter                     Education Intnern               SHANE GOLDBAUM-UNGER
ERIC TYLKOWSKI                                                         ELIZABETH FIALA
STEPHEN CHRISTENSEN                                                      Stage Management Interns
  Production Interns

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